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Old 09-23-2005, 01:25 PM   #1
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Manually Install LiLo via Installation Shell

Okay, I need to put LiLo onto the first sector of the linux root partition I believe....

Then I need to copy the first 512 bytes of that partition to a Fat32 Partition as a file called Linux.bin -- this will allow me to boot up Linux using the WinXP Bootloader.

Now I have VectorLinux installed, of course as usual the LiLo part failed and it has left me to do it manually.

Here are the steps I need help with:

- chroot or something to get the shell actually into Linux
- install LiLo onto the first sector of the linux boot partition (root I believe)
- LiLo CANNOT go on the MBR! It will corrupt windows. I do not have a floppy drive.

Here are my partitions:
hda5 - swap - Linux Swap
hda6 - root - Ext3
hda7 - home - Ext3
hda8 - winLinux - Fat32

Please, give me detail down to exactly what I should type cuz Im' still a bit new to the Linux command shell.
Old 09-23-2005, 04:28 PM   #2
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This is as far as I can get:

(Note my hard drive is known as sda for some reason to linux)

mkdir /mnt/sda6
mount /dev/sda6 /mnt/sda6
chroot /mnt/sda6

That all works fine, the next step is where I am lost.

lilo -b /dev/sda6 returns many errors...
I need to get lilo onto the first sector of the root partition.
Old 09-23-2005, 05:31 PM   #3
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Your've already chroot'ed your linux installation. now edit /mnt/sda6/etc/lilo.conf to point to /dev/hda6 and rerun lilo in order to get it installed.

The easy way: i recall, VectorLinux is Slackware based. So could you run lilosetup utility from the chroot'ed partition??



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